Saturday, December 31, 2016

Last Day of the Year 2016

Since the beginning of December 2016 everyone has been speaking about the new year 2017. A lot of preparations for Christmas and to welcome new year began with full enthusiasm and spirit. I heard many speaking about the year 2016 and the happenings and events that changed the life of the persons and people at large. The year has been mixed bag of experiences and developments. Many expected a different president in America but the choice of the people was Donald....many expected the year to be peaceful instead it was bloody in some part of the world. The people of Syria had to leave their homes due to the persecution and civil war....the problems in Europe due to the refugee crisis...the people who have come to Europe for a better life and the reactions of the people .......the many violent incidents and attacks in France, Germany and other parts of Europe made everyone to think of terriorists who are killing people in the name of religion. 
On the other hand, the Catholic Church had a very wonderful year, many saints were declared and received the place on the altar.,....many Bishops and Cardinals were created...Many priests all over the world were ordained either in the diocese or for the regilious congregations....many missionaries were sent to various parts of the year.....the year of Mercy was the hallmark of 2016....many people received mercy and many more turned to the Merciful God and began to live a new life in Christ Jesus.....the Holy Father Pope Francis made some overseas trips to encourage the Catholics to live their faith and commitment to Jesus.....The Church is now vibrant under his spiritual vibrant leadership......we continue praying for him......so that the Church becomes the salt and light for the world.....

The Capuchin Order also had a wonderful and grace filled year....the number of Capuchin friars is steady and strong.....the Order is growing in Asia and Africa.....especially in India.....the numbers are shooting up....the Capuchin life is showing signs of revival in Europe and America.....the provincials and friars working together to promote the Capuchin Order....the Order celebrated great events in this year like the VIII PCO, the new provincials meeting, the various commissions meetings and the General council meeting the various conferences in Africa and India....these were the great celebrations of our brotherhood........The Church called many of our friars to serve the Church in capacity as Bishops too.....the missions are growing and still need young missionaries to carry forward the work of the Lord....
The General Curia fraternity is a place where everyone lives and works in peace and joy....the fraternal bonds have been very strong....the life goes on smoothly and everyone collaborates and cooperates to carry out the works for the Order.....we pray and hope that the fraternal climate remains the same.......
We wish all of you a very bright and wonderful year 2017....thanks to those who follow my blog every day.....i am trying to keep updated the works in the Curia and my work in India......
I have visited all the 14 circumscriptions and delegations and the last one is St. Fidelis Province....i have already started it and would finish by first week of March........
Next year we have about 8 provincial chapters in India.....please pray for us.....
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